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Author: Joelle Fiss; Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum; United States Commission on International Religious Freedom,
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, 2017.
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Did you know 71 of the world's 195 countries have blasphemy laws? Penalties for violating blasphemy laws in these countries can range from fines to imprisonment and death. USCIRF's groundbreaking report examines and compares the content of laws prohibiting blasphemy worldwide. Blasphemy laws are astonishingly widespread. Seventy-one countries, spread out across many regions, maintain such statutes. Every one of  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Fiss, Joelle.
Respecting rights?
(DLC) 2016590807
(OCoLC)1019839514
Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joelle Fiss; Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum; United States Commission on International Religious Freedom,
OCLC Number: 1002177313
Notes: "July 2017."
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 138 pages)
Contents: Pt. 1. Background: Laws prohibiting blasphemy --
pt. 2. International law principles implicated by blasphemy laws and indeicators to measure adherence --
pt. 3. Methodology --
pt. 4. Study findings --
pt. 5. Beyond the study of laws: the importance of national context and implementation --
pt. 6. Study limitations --
Annexes. A. Compendium of laws. Afghanistan --
Algeria --
Andorra --
Antigua and Barbuda --
Austria --
Bahrain --
Bangladesh --
Brazil --
Brunei Darussalam --
Canada --
Comoros --
Cyprus --
Denmark --
Egypt --
Eritrea --
Ethiopia --
Finland --
Germany --
Greece --
Grenada --
Guyana --
India --
Indonesia --
Iran --
Iraq --
Ireland --
Israel --
Italy --
Jordan --
Kazakhstan --
Kuwait --
Lebanon --
Libya --
Liechtenstein --
Malaysia --
Malta --
Mauritius --
Montenegro --
Morocco --
Nigeria --
New Zealand --
Oman --
Pakistan --
Papua New Guinea --
Philippines --
Poland --
Qatar --
Rwanda --
Russia --
San Marino --
Saudi Arabia --
Singapore --
Somalia --
South Sudan --
Spain --
Sri Lanka --
St. Lucia --
St. Vincent and Grenadines --
Sudan --
Suriname --
Syria --
Switzerland --
Tanzania --
Thailand --
Tunisia --
Turkey --
United Arab Emirates --
Vanuatu --
Yemen --
Zambia --
Zimbabwe --
B. Codebook: Blasphemy laws: measuring impact and assessing risks for targeted law reform advocacy. Codebook table of contents.
Other Titles: Measuring the world's blasphemy laws
Responsibility: by Joelle Fiss and Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum.

Abstract:

Did you know 71 of the world's 195 countries have blasphemy laws? Penalties for violating blasphemy laws in these countries can range from fines to imprisonment and death. USCIRF's groundbreaking report examines and compares the content of laws prohibiting blasphemy worldwide. Blasphemy laws are astonishingly widespread. Seventy-one countries, spread out across many regions, maintain such statutes. Every one of these blasphemy statutes deviates from at least one internationally recognized human rights principle. Most of these laws fail to respect fully the human right of freedom of expression. All five nations with blasphemy laws that deviate the most from international human rights principles maintain an official state religion. Most blasphemy laws studied were vaguely worded, as many failed to specify intent as part of the violation. The vast majority carried unduly harsh penalties for violators. Most blasphemy laws were embedded in the criminal codes and 86 percent of states with blasphemy laws prescribed imprisonment for convicted offenders. Some blasphemy statutes even imposed the death penalty.

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